Engagement party games are a great way of breaking the ice. Engagement parties are about celebrating a new union and often bring together two different families and two different groups of people.
As a result, many of the guests may not know each other.
It can sometimes be a little awkward for everyone when different groups of people of varying ages come together at an engagement party.
Party games help alleviate some of that discomfort by breaking the ice for your guests and having them concentrate on an activity.
Not everyone needs to participate but we guarantee that even those that don't partake will have just as much fun as the rest by watching the show!
Before the party, find pictures of the soon-to-be bride and groom and even the engagement party guests.
You will need half the number of pictures to guests, so If you are having 20 people over you will need 10 pictures total.
Cut each of the pictures in half (the two pieces don't have to be even) and place each half into an envelope. Ask each guest to pick up an envelope on their way in.
The object here is to go around the room, mix and mingle, and find the person who has the other half of your picture without ever showing them your half.
When time is up, (you determine how long they have throughout the party to meet) each guest writes down on a piece of paper who they think their picture partner is.
Everyone is a winner in this game because they've hopefully met and chatted with everyone else at the party. This is one of the better engagement party games for breaking the ice between guests.
This engagement party game is really a lot of fun. It's played in teams of two and is much more fun when the two people on a team don't know each other very well.
Have each team write down the names of five famous married couples living or dead (fictitious or not) on different scraps of paper.
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Place all the pieces of paper in a bowl.
The object of the game is to guess the names of the couples on the scraps of paper. Each team gets a turn and switches back and forth between the clue giver and the clue receiver.
The giver picks one of the clues out of the bowl and tries to get their teammate to guess the right answer without ever saying the name of the famous couple. They have exactly one minute to go through as many couples as they can get. The team with the most right guesses wins and you can play as many rounds as you'd like.
Everyone at the party gets a strip of paper and a pen. One person is designated as "The Word Chooser".
They look through the dictionary for an obscure word they think that no one will know the definition of and announce it to the room.
All the other players write down what they think is the definition of the word (it can be an educated guess, something silly, or a red herring type answer) and give their slips of paper with their definition back to "The Word Chooser" who then reads them all out loud in no particular order, including the real definition.
Every player then picks which definition they think is the correct one. Each player who gets the right answer is awarded one point. Each player whose fake answer is chosen is also awarded one point.
The next person becomes the Word Chooser and the next round starts. You can play as many rounds as you want but remember that The Word Chooser doesn't get to earn any points so the game usually continues until everyone has had a go at being the Word Chooser. The person with the most points wins. This is one of those classic engagement party games.
This is one of the simpler and quicker engagement party games on this list.
Provide each of your guests with a piece of paper and pen and ask them to come up with as many words as possible of 3 letters or more using the individual letters in the first names of the bride and groom-to-be.
The person who comes up with the most words wins!
You can also give recognition for longest word, most appropriate to the couple, and other categories. This can be a really fun game depending on the names of the couple.
This is a really great ice breaker game and helps your guests learn about each other.
The host or hostess makes a list of facts, one about each guest (which are hopefully not known by the other guests).
Everybody is handed a list of the facts when they arrive and a pen. Throughout the party, they have to go around asking questions without using any of the words in the facts and try to match the facts with the person.
For example, if one of the facts is... "This person once worked as a rodeo clown one summer" an acceptable question would be: "Have you ever had unusual part time employment?" Just make sure your question doesn't include rodeo, clown, summer.
Upon arrival each guest is handed a blank index card and asked to write a
"Newlywed Game Style" question on the card.
What is your fiancée most terrified by?
What was the last item of clothing they bought?
What is their favorite color?
What's their favorite food? Restaurant?
What's their biggest vice?
Then separate the happy couple and have them write their answers down for each question.
Then place the couple at the front of the room in the "hot seat" and ask each guest to ask their question. For his turn, his bride-to-be guesses what she thinks her groom wrote and then he flips over the card to show his actual answer, and vice-versa. Keep score so you'll know which one knows the other one best.
If you're looking for ready-made newlywed game questions that you can download right away, we like Python Printable Games. They have some awesome themes and the cards and graphics are so much fun.
Think of fun questions related to yourselves as a couple like... Where did we meet? Where did we go on our first date? How many kids do we want? etc...
Then, pose the questions to your guest one at a time and each guest that guesses the correct answer gets a point. Tally up the points and the guest with the most correct answers wins a Starbuck's gift card or something similar, or gets to take home the leftover cake.
(It isn't necessary to provide a winning gift for engagement party games.)
Each guest shares 3 statements about themselves. Two are true and one is a lie.
For example, I have been to Australia, I have worked in Radio and I am allergic to all fish.
Once you make the statements everyone votes to determine which parts are true and which parts are lies.
It's really fun to see what people come up with for their lie and even more fun to see what people think is the lie. This is one of those engagement party games that really gets a crowd going.
One person says a line to start a story that has to do with the newly engaged couple, you then go around the room and each person ads a line to the story.
You have to keep going around from person to person until the story has a logical conclusion. It's amazing to hear what some people come up with.
Sometimes people's comments lead to all sorts of interesting conversations.
The couple tells one person to perform a certain action. That person needs to act out the action without making a sound to only one other person.
That second person doesn't get any confirmation that they understood the action and then acts out what they believe was the action performed by the first person to the next person. And so on, until all the participants have acted it out.
The last person who the action is acted out for, needs to guess what the original clue was. It's amazing how funny this can be and how different the first action can be from the last one.
The engagement party games listed above really need to be played out to see how much fun they can be. If you're not sure if you think a game will work for your group, have a test run before the party with some close friends.
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